Apps For Securing Your Smartphone From Hackers And Thieves

This is a guest post by Katheryn Rivas.

Your phone houses some of the most sensitive data in your life. Phone numbers, private notes, emails, internet history, financial information, personal photos—virtually everything you do can be captured and catalogued on your phone. That’s why it’s of utmost importance that you secure your phone against any potential threat, be it damaging malware, unsecure web pages, or the physical theft of your phone. Your smartphone is a part of your identity, so securing it should be a no-brainer.

If you don’t have any extra security on your smartphone, now is the time to try out some of the options available. Here are some of the best security apps and services out there for Android and iOS:

Lookout Mobile Security

Lookout Mobile Security is a free app available for both Android and iOS platforms, offering a wealth of security features for your smartphone. The app stays vigilant as long as your smartphone is on, meaning that it monitors all sorts of online activity to make sure that its safe and secure. The monitoring capabilities include checking for secure Wi-Fi connections, warning you about potentially hazardous websites and apps, and protecting any financial transaction that might occur. Lookout Mobile Security also backs up data from your smartphone so you can retrieve sensitive data in the event that your phone is lost, stolen, or destroyed.

F-Secure Mobile Security

F-Secure Mobile Security is an app available for Android and Symbian powered smartphones that covers all the bases. It has state of the art tracking software so you can track not only your own phone, but other phones on your account (like your child’s phone, for example) with the simple touch of a button. The app also monitors web activity for potentially dangerous sites, and has customizable options for you to change at your leisure should you want to block certain sites or apps from ever appearing on your phone. F-Secure also secures your sensitive data in the event that your phone falls in the wrong hands.

Find My iPhone

This service is strictly for products that operate off iOS, but it’s definitely one worth having for the security features alone. Find My iPhone is among the best tracking apps that you can get for an iPhone. You simply need to download the app (which is free), and let it sit in your iPhone. Hopefully you’ll never need to use it, but if your iPhone is lost or stolen, you’ll be able to track it remotely using the phone’s GPS capabilities. Through the app’s website, you should be able to track your phone down to the very street and unique address to where it’s being held. You can even send a text message to your phone if you want to communicate with your phone’s captor! How’s that for impressive?

Cerberus for Android

Cerberus is Android’s version of Find My iPhone, complete with impressive tracking technology that’ll locate your lost smartphone within moments. For only a small user fee (around 3 dollars) you’ll have a lifetime of security against any potential theft or losses. You can track the exact location of your missing phone and send a text message to it just as well as you can with the previously mentioned app. It’s a necessary app for any Android user.

About the author:

This guest post is contributed by Katheryn Rivas, who writes on the topics of online universities advice. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: katherynrivas87[at]gmail[dot]com.

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